Bay County Audubon Society   
                P.O. Box 1182
                   Panama City, Florida  32402

                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                         
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Click on the following link to view a recording of our recent symposium “Birds, Bugs, and Berries” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnN7aQ_gRDk
May 26,2018 Camp Helen State Park
Photo by Emily Ellis
December 10, 2018 BCAS Membership Holiday Party

Join us for our Annual Holiday Party. This year we will gather in Byrne Hall at St. Andrews Episcopal Church. The festivities will begin at 6:30. Join us for fellowship, food, fun, music and caroling.

Bring your favorite appetizer to share. 
Saturday, Dec 8 – Bird Walk at Panama City Beach Conservation Park. 7:30am. This is the first of four bird walks in this park this season. Meet us in the parking lot of this 2900 acre conservation area. Some of this area is slowly being transformed into wetlands due to discharge of treated wastewater and restoration of the habitat. This means more and more birds are being found there, including black-bellied whistling ducks. The bird list is up to over 140 species! We may break up into groups and walk the trails and boardwalks looking for a wide variety of birds.  A moderate amount of walking is required but we go at a slow pace. This is an excellent place for new birders to spot the birds. We should be finished by 10:30am. Bring snacks and drink as well as binoculars and insect repellent.

December 15, 2018 119th Christmas Bird Count
Consider participating in the 119th International Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Bay County Audubon has been participating in the CBC since 1954. This will be a particularly important year to get some idea concerning how hurricane Michael affected our local bird population both in terms of species and total counts. Your level of experience is not important. At the end of the day each  team will consolidate and report its initial findings at a post count dinner (location, TBA). It is always a great deal of fun and a rewarding citizen science project. If you would like to participate contact Raya Pruner via text or email (raya.pruner@gmail.com) before December 10th. 
December 29, 2018 Camp Helen Monthly Species Count. Meet us at the Camp Helen front gate at 6:00 am sharp. Although we typically finish birding about noon, you can spend as much or as little time as you like. We sometimes divide our group to cover the north side of the park as well as the coastal areas. We appreciate any amount of time given to help document our avian friends. Bring binoculars, scope [if you have one], water and snacks, hat and sunscreen. If you would like to participate, please contact Emily Ellis at lpca08@gmail.com